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Morehead State University has announced details for its upcoming 2021 Fall Commencement.

Two commencement ceremonies will be held for fall and winter 2021 graduates on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Academic-Athletic Center (AAC). The event will be socially distanced, and masks are required indoors.   

Tickets will be required for guests attending the ceremony. Each degree candidate participating in the ceremony will receive eight (8) tickets. Ceremony times are below:

9:30 a.m. - Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education and College of Science

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Laken Albrink (Class of 2012), assistant professor of legal studies at Morehead State University, recently earned first place in the 2021 American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) National Teaching Competition. Her lecture, titled "Applying Statutes," was recognized at the 40th AAfPE National Conference, which took place in October. 

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Dr. Sue Luckey and her late husband, Dr. George “Mac” Luckey, have added another chapter to their history of generous support of both Morehead State University (MSU) and St. Claire HealthCare (SCH).

At the heart of this latest chapter is a property sale, generating $150,000 in support of oncology patient care at SCH, as well as $150,000 in support of academic scholarships and programming at MSU.

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In Spring 2021, Morehead State University’s Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education launched the Appalachian Future Educators (AFE) Scholars Program to provide scholarships, support and mentorship for students from Eastern Kentucky interested in teaching. 

The program admitted its first cohort of students in the fall 2021 semester. In its inaugural year, the AFE program proved to be another example of MSU’s long-held reputation as an institution that provides the best educational experience for the state’s future educators.  

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Students from The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics recently heard a presentation from a technology CEO promoting economic development in Kentucky. 

Ankur Gopal, CEO of mobile/web application development company Interapt, spoke to 54 students when he visited MSU Monday, Nov. 29, in the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC) theater. 

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Sanford Holbrook (Class of 1997, 2003, 2006), superintendent of the Robertson County School System, has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC). 

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Dr. Benjamin K. Malphrus, executive director of the Space Science Center and professor of space science at Morehead State University, and MSU alumna Dr. Wilma “Willi” Walker (Class of 1956) have been inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame. 

Malphrus and Walker were named to the Hall of Fame earlier this year and were recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 13. 

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History faculty and students with Morehead State University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Camden-Carroll Library have collaborated on a research project to celebrate the history and accomplishments of the University's first century as a public institution.  

A public presentation of this project will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Kentucky Folk Art Center located 102 West 1st Street in Morehead. It will be on display at Camden-Carroll Library during the spring 2022 semester.   

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Morehead State University is again allowing students to use winter break to continue making progress toward earning their degree with Winter Session. 

Winter Session will start on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, and end on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. 

Once again, Winter Session will include both online and hybrid course delivery. The last day to register for 2021-22 Winter Session is noon on Thursday, Dec. 9. 

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The Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) has announced the return of the annual Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair.

Now in its 35th year, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. at the Laughlin Health Building in Morehead. 

KFAC, in partnership with Downtown Morehead Inc., is bringing more than 100 artists, craft specialists and unique vendors from three states to Morehead to participate in the longest-running craft fair in the state. 

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The Morehead State University Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble will present a Candlelight Carol Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Duncan Recital Hall, located in the Baird Music Hall.

The Rowan County Senior High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Josh Hamilton, is the concert’s special guest ensemble.  

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The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music will hold its Sounds of Our Heritage fall finale concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Morehead Conference Center. 

All sections of the Traditional Music Ensemble will perform a variety of bluegrass, old time, country, western swing, blues, gospel and ballad singing at the event, which is free and open to the public. Students from Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, and Hungary will be among the performers at the event.

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Morehead State University will host a Holiday Carnival from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, on the first floor of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).  

“We are pleased to restart the Holiday Carnival this year after a pause last year. We invite all of our students, employees and their families to join us to celebrate a great time of the year,” said MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan.

The event will feature a variety of activities, including: 

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Morehead State University graduate student Megan Pater (Class of 2020) will present her Master of Arts exhibit, “The Mind and the Land,” later this month. 

The exhibit’s opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at the Golding-Yang Art Gallery in the Claypool Young Art Building. The exhibition will be on display from Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 10. 

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Ty Carver (Class of 2011) has helped the Bourbon County High School Marching Band set a long-held standard of excellence as its assistant band director. Now, Carver and his students will showcase that excellence to a national television audience during the nation's biggest parade. 

The Bourbon County High School Marching Band will perform as one of 10 bands from across the country to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2022.  

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Morehead State University was well-represented at the recent 2021 Kentucky Association of Housing Officers (KAHO) Annual Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 3, winning multiple awards and landing multiple Eagles on the organization's Governing Council.   

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Morehead State University provides opportunities for students in the region, state and beyond through excellent academic programs, hands-on career skills and a commitment to student success. It is why MSU has been named a Top 25 institution in “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report for the past six years.      

Future Eagles can learn more about MSU at Open House on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).      

By signing up, prospective students and families can:   

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Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) held its annual summit Oct. 13 and 14 in Corbin, highlighting some of Morehead State's accomplishments in space systems engineering.  

The 2021 SOAR Summit focused specifically on the issues and challenges facing the Appalachian region. Drawing more than 1,000 attendees, participants included residents and businesses, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and other change agents across Appalachia.

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Morehead State University's legal studies program earned a Top 10 ranking for academic quality earlier this year and is now adding a Top 10 national ranking for affordability.

Bachelor’s Degree Center (BachelorsDegreeCenter.org) has MSU’s legal studies program listed as one of the 10 Most Affordable Bachelor’s in Legal Studies for 2022. Ranking #9, it was the only Kentucky university to make the list and was also highlighted for the guidance students gain from mentors and academic advisors.

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Morehead State’s Office of Military Initiatives recently held a donation drive to benefit homeless veterans in the Commonwealth. 

Faculty, staff and students from across campus donated snacks and personal care items for homeless veterans. The Office of Military Initiatives coordinated with the Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs to deliver the donated items to veterans who need them.

MSU Director of Military Initiatives Dr. Silas Session said the generosity of the campus community made the event successful.  

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Morehead State University’s Graduate School will hold an Online Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.     

The online event will allow those interested in continuing their education at MSU to chat with Graduate School advisors. Those who attend the event will receive a promotional code to waive the $30 application fee.     

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A national juried art exhibition that explores how artists define gender opens Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Morehead State’s Golding-Yang Art Gallery. 

Gender NOW is a touring exhibition featuring multimedia works created by artists from across the country who identify as LGBTQIA and allies of the LGBTQIA community. Melissa Yungbluth, director of the Golding-Yang Gallery, is also a member of the Gender Studies Leadership Team at MSU and said she wanted to contribute to the dialogue about gender on campus. 

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Morehead State University provides opportunities for students in the region, state and beyond through excellent academic programs, hands-on career skills and a commitment to student success.

It is why MSU has been named a Top 25 institution in “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report for the past six years.     

Future Eagles may sign up now for Open House on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).     

At MSU Open House, prospective students and families can:  

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For the first time in two years, Eagle students, faculty and staff, along with Eagle alumni and friends of the University from across the country, will be returning to campus to reconnect at MSU Homecoming 2021. 

Homecoming 2021 will celebrate all things MSU through numerous events and activities from Oct. 15 through Oct. 16.

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Dr. Russ Zokaites, visiting assistant professor of music at Morehead State University, is releasing his debut album “Bootleg” on Friday, Nov. 5. The album, published by Centaur Records and distributed through NAXOS, will be available on all streaming services.  

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Morehead State’s Star Theater will have a grand reopening Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will include planetarium feature shows, video displays on space exploration topics including Lunar IceCube, live local music, art, community activity displays, and refreshments. There will be a star party after sunset in observance of International Observe the Moon Night.  

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The MSU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Fall Choral Concert entitled “Come Let’s Rejoice!”  on Thursday, October 14 at First Baptist Church, 123 East Main Street, Morehead.  

Guests can eat from 5:30 – 7:00pm with the concert beginning at 7:30pm.

The Spaghetti Dinner will include salad, bread, desserts and iced tea or water. The proceeds will go to support the choirs’ concert tour to Peru.

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Morehead State University will be closed Friday, Oct. 8, for Fall Break.

Administrative offices will be closed and classes will not meet.  

The Recreation and Wellness Center will be open, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. The pool will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Outdoor Adventures and the bowling lanes will be closed. 

The Camden-Carroll Library will be closed Oct. 8-10 for Fall Break. 

The University Store will be closed. 

The University Post Office will be closed. 

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Dr. Janet Ratliff (Class of 1991, 1992) is a recipient of one of the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) grants.  

The grant is a partnership with Hazard High School. Ratliff’s 2021 fall course BBA 350 will facilitate the engagement between MSU students and Hazard High students.   

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Morehead State’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure program is accepting applicants for the spring 2022 semester through Friday, Oct. 15.  

According to the Kentucky Board of Nursing, 98% of MSU nursing students passed their licensing exam in 2020, and the program has boasted a 100% job placement rate for the last decade.